BEYOND THE SHADOWS
Deborah Haskins' dreams of happily-ever-after die with her husband after a mere 15 months of blissful marriage. Then Andy's Korean war buddy, Gideon Clermont, starts coming by to do handyman jobs, and her wounded heart begins to heal. Eager for peace from her pain and angry with God, Deborah doesn't ask the Lord to approve her next choice of husband.
Too late, she discovers Gideon seeks answers to his problems in a bottle. She lives what seems like an endless cycle of shattered hope, forgiveness, and betrayal. To move beyond the shadows, Deborah must rediscover her true source of love and faith, and Gideon must do the same for their marriage to survive.
This is a gem of a read by a gifted, veteran author. Hatcher's empathy with human nature shines in the distinctive voices of her characters. Put this one on your must-read list, especially if you know someone who struggles with any kind of addiction. (Jun., 350 pp., $12.99)
Jill Elizabeth Nelson